Webinars 2022 / 2023

Webinar 2 – What’s lurking under the surface? Hygiene Risk Assessments for Recreational and Hydrotherapy Pools

We are delighted to announce that the second of our webinar series will take place on Thursday 12 January 2023 at 1pm. The event, with speaker Dr Susanne Surman-Lee (Leegionella Ltd), and chaired by Dr. John V Lee (Leegionella Ltd), will be focused on hygiene risk assessments for recreational and hydrotherapy pools.

This event will be hosted online to maximise the opportunity for you to attend. The webinar will last for one hour and there will be the chance to ask questions at the end.

It will be free for PWTAG members, with a small cost of £5 for non-members. To book your place, click here now.

This webinar will be of use to those with responsibility for pool safety in both recreational and healthcare settings, including pool managers, pool operators, estates and facilities management teams, aquatic physiotherapists, infection prevention and control teams etc.


All pool operators whether in recreational or healthcare settings should be aware of the requirement to carry out a risk assessment to ensure all risks of Legionnaires’ disease and those resulting from faecal contamination are adequately managed.

However in pools in both recreational and healthcare settings,  harm from other potential harmful hazards are often not considered and  / or effectively managed .  The pool and the surrounding environment can be the source of infections other than legionellosis and other harm from hazards of a chemical and physical nature.  To ensure that pool and the pool environment do not cause harm,  identification of all hazards and effective controls must be put in place based on effective risk assessments.   Failures identified in hygiene audits will be highlighted as learning points, including how safe is your plant room and chemical storage areas? how good are your cleaning regimes? do you take account of pool user susceptibility to infection, how effective is your governance, management, surveillance and communication.

This webinar will highlight why it is important to follow the WSP approach and consider all potential hazards which pose a risk to staff, visitors and users. It will include an overview of the hazards to be considered in risk assessments and how to manage the risks.

Webinar 1 – Seasonal Reminder of Cryptosporidium

The first of our new Webinar series took place on Wednesday 15th June and was hosted online to maximise attendance opportunity.

The event, with speaker Professor Rachel Chalmers (Public Health Wales), and chaired by Dr. Susanne Surman-Lee (Leegionella Ltd.), was a seasonal reminder of Cryptosporidium with a chance to ask questions at the end.

Access to the recording of the session is free for PWTAG members with a small cost of £5 for non-members, please contact [email protected] for further details.